List: Food Startup Accelerators & Incubators

food startup accelerators

Incubators and Accelerators can be useful to entrepreneurs who are looking to move their start-ups forward. In addition to mentorship and training, many food startup accelerators will offer funding (often in exchange for a portion of equity), coworking space, and introductions to angels and venture capitalists that are looking to fund businesses like yours.

Note: Originally published on April 23, 2015. The current publication date reflects the last time the list was updated.

The List: Food Startup Accelerators & Incubators

Without further ado, here are some of the incubators and accelerators that have popped up across the globe that are focused on food, beverage, consumer goods and/or agriculture.  Check ’em out.

33 Entrepreneurs France has a Food & Beverage cohort
Accelerating Appalachia Louisville KY food and ag, looks for “innovative triple bottom-line businesses”
Accelerise France Foodtech and agtech acceleration program
AccelFoods New York NY looking for innovative food products in markets of at least $100M
Agro Innovation Lab Vienna Austria Agro Innovation Lab is the innovation platform of BayWa & RWA, two major players in the global agricultural industry
Bits x Bites China “Our mission is to shape the future of good food by investing in people and technology to create more sustainable food systems.”
Branchfood Boston MA focus on food innovation in New England
Canvas global Marriott’s concept lab for incubating entrepreneurial food and drink ideas.
Chobani Food Incubator global 4-month program with 25k grant
Cinnamon Bridge United Kingdom food and beverage companies with social impact
Dairy Accelerator Minneapolis MN “The entity must utilize dairy as a primary ingredient in its product idea. Any aspect of dairy including but not limited to: yogurt, cheese, whey or other milk-based proteins or ingredients can be used. However, the applicant’s idea cannot be focused on butter or butter-based spreads.”
Dig Eat All Spain foodtech
Food Ecosystem Accelerator Netherlands themes: Food Tech & Data, Food Delivery & Commerce, and Sustainability & Social Responsibility
Food Hatch New York NY invests cash in a wide variety of early-stage food companies
Food System 6 San Francisco CA Helps startups working to change our food system
Food-X New York NY Works with startups across the food chain; boasts 300+ startup founders in their alumni network
FoodFutureCo New York NY Targeted at startups with 1M+ in revenues with the idea of helping food businesses scale
Good Food Business Accelerator Chicago IL Started by the folks at FamilyFarmed
Good Kitchen London United Kingdom The Good Kitchen is a social enterprise accelerator for organisations working to tackle food poverty
H-Farm Italy 4-month program, food and ag
IKEA Bootcamp Älmhult Sweden start-up food companies can spend three months in one of the company’s labs in Sweden, receive more than $22,000 and free housing, and benefit from the expertise of scientists
Just Eat London United Kingdom foodtech
Kendall College Incubator Chicago IL part of a culinary school
NX-Food Dusseldorf Germany foodtech
Plug and Play Sunnyvale CA Food program partners with Molson Coors, Hershey’s, and PepsiCo
Prometheus Barcelona Spain foodtech
RevTech Accelerator Dallas TX restaurant, retail focus
Rutgers Food Innovation Center Bridgeton NJ focused on developing, commercializing, marketing and selling food and beverage products
ShakeUpFactory Paris France “farm to forrk”
Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) Providence RI CPG, New England regional focus
Startup Next by Land O’Lakes Minneapolis MN pre-accelerator for startups in the food and tech industry, Land O’Lakes and TechStars collaboration
Startupbootcamp FoodTech global Looks for high growth startups operating within all segments of the food chain
Target Takeoff! Minneapolis MN Target and Techstars collaboration for better-for-you brands
Terra San Francisco CA affiliated with KitchenTown
The Kitchen Israel founded by the Strauss-Group

Not dedicated to food stuffs, but the groups also accelerate/incubate food companies:

With all this talk of accelerators and incubators, you might be wondering: What’s the difference?  I’ve got you covered.  Check out: What’s the difference between an accelerator and an incubator?

As someone who has been through an accelerator program and has helped a startup founding team operate while attending YC, I understand the importance of weighing the costs of attending an accelerator (i.e., equity) versus the benefits (cash, connections, prestige, etc).

Do Accelerator Programs Work?

Do accelerator programs work? These stats on accelerator success rates might be helpful. It seems that YC leads the pack. No surprise there, but the success and metrics of accelerator programs in general are all opaque.

Have questions? Want to chat? Think I missed a program worthy of being listed? Shoot me an e-mail.  I’m happy to help.

4 Comments on "List: Food Startup Accelerators & Incubators"

  1. What about ShakeUpFactory, the startup accelerator from farm to fork in Station f, the world’s largest startup campus.

  2. Hi Peter, great work and overview! METRO Group (one of the biggest European retailers) is also very active with a FoodTech Programm called Best regards Fabio

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